Deadline extension for Irish pig sector funding package

Irish pig farmers have been given more time to apply for funding under a government programme which has made €17m (£12m) available to assist the growth and modernisation of the sector in Ireland.

Funding is being provided under TAMS ll (Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme ll), a programme which is co-funded with the EU and offers a total of €395m (£278m) to support relevant farming projects in Ireland. Within the total package, £12m is available for use by pig and poultry producers.

The application deadline for trance one of the programme has been extended by one month to November 30, 2015. This includes animal welfare, safety and nutrient storage developments.

The deadline for trance two, which features a pig and poultry investment scheme, has been set at March 25, 2016.

“I am delighted with the high level of interest in the broad range of investments available across the scheme and hope that the extended closing dates will enable many more farmers to submit applications,” said Ireland’s agriculture and food minister, Simon Coveney (pictured above).

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